Blog:  iNSolution

Whoo-​​hoo! A Simpsons word-​​search tool

Ben Schmidt, an assis­tant pro­fessor of his­tory who spe­cial­izes in the dig­ital human­i­ties, has cre­ated a Book­worm that allows users to search ref­er­ences to spe­cific words used throughout The Simp­sons’ 25-​​season run by season, episode, and even time within each episode. Excellent.

Virtual healthcare agents, at your service

North­eastern con­vened an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers for the 2014 Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gent Vir­tual Agents, where experts dis­cussed and show­cased avatars that could be used in a variety of health­care applications.

Where to put all the energy

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity con­vened experts from industry, gov­ern­ment, and acad­emia last week to dis­cuss advance­ments in next-​​generation energy storage and bat­tery technologies—both of which have major impli­ca­tions for global chal­lenges in energy con­sump­tion, mate­rials short­ages, and cli­mate change.

3Qs: Citizen journalism in Ferguson

Sarah Jackson, assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies, weighs in on how the main­stream media and cit­izen jour­nal­ists have cov­ered the events in Fer­guson, Mis­souri, where the shooting death of an unarmed teenager has sparked protests and tensions.

No bull: students excel on journalism Dialogue in Spain

As part of a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram this summer, North­eastern stu­dents served as a trav­eling press corps in Spain where they reported on an epic soccer match, the country’s time-​​honored tra­di­tion of bull­fighting, and a range of other stories.